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18-Year-Old Traditional Priest Allegedly Denied Admission By High School



An 18-year-old traditional priest has been denied admission into Dzodze-Penyi Senior High School in the Ketu North Municipality, in Ghana.

The young man simply identified as Galley Felix is said to have been initiated as Chief – — “Togbui Tueve Awunyo II” of Ative (ative) not too long ago.

According to the virtue of his royal status, he is entitled to always put on a cap on his head. And because of this, he was denied admission by the authority of the school.

Based on reports gathered, the traditional priest was refused access to the school upon all the reasons he presented to the school authorities in other to provide himself, but unfortunately all was ignored.

Offered to study Visual Arts, Galley Felix revealed that harm would befall his community and himself should the school authorities insist he takes off his religious cap before being granted admission in to the High School.

“I gained admission to Dzodze-penyi Senior High, but I was told I would only be allowed into the school if I remove my cap, but according to our culture, there is no way I can remove it. I tried explaining to the school why I wear the cap, but the school insisted I take it off before being allowed in the school.”

“I could go mad and many things could happen to my community if I remove my cap in public. I have been wearing this [cap] for 13 years, and no one has asked me to remove it because they know the ramifications,” he bemoaned.

The 18-year-old who is also handicapped on the right side strongly believes formal education is the only way for him to attain his life objectives.

But speaking on behalf of the school, Headteacher, Matthew Troha said specific processes and codes of conduct are being followed by authorities of the school.

According to him, Galley Felix would not be permitted till he decides to forfeit wearing his cap or files a request to seek permission from the school’ he said.

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